The WEC’s swang song before folding into the UFC last Thursday drew 615,000 viewers and an 0.62 household rating on Versus it was revealed today.
That’s their highest ratings since January’s WEC 46: Henderson Vs Cerrone event which also featured the promotions biggest draw, Urijah Faber. It’ll also go down in as the seventh highest rating in the promotion’s history, though still along way short of their record 1,540,000 viewers for WEC 34: Faber Vs Pulver.
Versus also provided a pre and post-fight show hosted by Ariel Helwani and Molly Qerim, with the post-fight edition drawing 352,000 viewers for a 0.34 household rating.
As fate would have it the final round of the final fight on the final event of the WEC’s existence produced one of the most remarkable moments in MMA history when Anthony Pettis used the cage as a springboard to propel him into a spinning kick that knocked Ben Henderson to the floor, helping him seal both the round, and the fight.
The move, later named as ‘The Showtime Kick’ after the fighter’s nickname became an overnight sensation, being widely covered by mainstream media like ESPN who put it at No.2 on their ‘Top 10 Moves’ on Friday and featured it on their front page, while a clip of it posted on the UFC’s official YouTube page has now been seen by close to 1.5 million people in the space of 5 days.
It was a fitting end to one of the most consistently exciting and entertaining promotion’s the sport has known, and sets it up perfectly for the next chapter when the entire roster joins with the UFC’s in the New Year.